Tupapa Panthers will field two teams at the League Nines in Paradise 2021 this weekend. 20010366
Four women’s and seven men’s teams will take part in this weekend’s League Nines in Paradise 2021.
Defending champions Arorangi
Bears will return to defend League Nines title in the annual tournament to be
held at the National Stadium in Nikao this weekend.
The Bears are one of the seven
men’s teams confirmed for the two-day event starting this Friday. The other
teams are Tupapa Panthers I and II, Aitutaki Sharks, Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea
Eagles, Titikaveka Bulldogs and Avatiu Eels.
In the inaugural women’s
competition, four teams – Raro Mix, Arorangi Bears, Tupapa and Pukapuka – are set to battle for the ultimate prize.
Graham, secretary general of Cook Islands Rugby League, is pleased with the
number of teams registered for the tournament, especially in the women’s
think this is a boost from Cook Islands Games, the interest is still there and
at the same time, this is World Cup year so there could be chance for a couple
of girls to get sighted and maybe get into the national squad,” Graham said.
Islands Rugby League is aiming to integrate the women competition into
their national season for 2021.
Cook Islands Games this year really helped launch women’s league in the Cook
Islands and we would like to build on that success. We want to see the women’s
Nines develop into a full 1’s competition and be part of our national and
eventually our international calendar in the future.”
says the inclusion of Aitutaki Sharks in the men’s competition is an exciting
good to see Aitutaki Sharks returning. Cost factor has affected their
participation in the past but this year they have put a team together with
players from Aitutaki and some from Rarotonga. It’s always good to have them as
part of the competition.”
Rarotonga-based teams, who have been training since last month, are looking
forward to the pre-season event.
League Nines in Paradise will serve as a build-up for the domestic 13s
competition which will start later next month.
are a couple of teams training at the National Stadium and other clubs training
around the island … they are getting into the Nines mode.”
kick off times and fixtures will be finalised after the managers meeting later